Home Energy Magazine's Blog (132)

Applications Now Being Accepted for BPI's Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship

The Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship has been developed to honor the life, memory, and work of Jon Siemen, who passed away in March 2015. Jon started his career in weatherization in the late 1970s, when he began working at Community Action in Southwestern Vermont (BROC). Around 1993/1994, Jon and his brother started an air sealing service that they ran for a few years. In 1996, Jon joined the Champlain Valley…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 2, 2017 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Connecticut Builders at the Forefront of Zero Energy Home Construction

Since 2009, Connecticut utilities Eversource and United Illuminating have provided a stage for builders to compete and showcase their newly-constructed super energy-efficient homes through Energize Connecticut’s Zero Energy Challenge(ZEC).

The Challenge has kick-started a new era of home building in Connecticut. Builders…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 15, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

NREL Research Finds That 22% of New Homes Completed in the U.S. in 2016 Were HERS Rated

The National Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (NREL) has been researching the penetration of the HERS Index Score in the U.S. housing market and discovered that in 2016, 22% of all completed new homes in the U.S. were HERS rated, according to David Roberts, NREL Residential Buildings Research Group…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 12, 2017 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

LIHEAP In Action: A LIHEAP Employee Story

"In a tremendously difficult economy, I found myself desiring to learn a new skill set, one that could sustain me throughout my lifetime. I would have to say that the educational resources offered through training have served to heighten the development of my vocation which parallels my passion for this…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 30, 2017 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

If You Sell Electricity, You Should Be Worried

Any way you look at it, residential electricity use in America is falling. Recent data from the Energy Information Administration show that electricity use fell 3% in total and 7% when calculated per person in the last five years. This is a lot of electricity, corresponding to a 300 kWh per year reduction per person, or about one refrigerator per home. The decline also appears to be widespread; for example, residential electricity consumption fell in 48 out of 50 states between 2010 and 2015…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 21, 2017 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

Women in Building Performance: Julie Michals

Julie Michals is the Director of Clean Energy Valuation at E4TheFuture. In this role, her focus is on initiatives that improve approaches to measuring and evaluating clean energy program implementation. Prior to joining E4TheFuture, she spent 14 years with…
Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 16, 2017 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Micro-housing for Veterans

“‘Never leave someone behind.’

That was our pledge in the military and in my time as a police officer. When you retire or move on, that doesn’t go away.”

In 2014, Donnie Davis got a phone call about a local campground in southern New Jersey that was up for sale. A crazy idea popped into his head. It would require a lot of money and hard work, but it had the potential to help countless neighbors and families. Donnie decided to take a leap of faith — and change the lives of his…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 31, 2017 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

A Closer Look at Connecticut's Zero Energy Homebuilding Competition

At the Better Buildings By Design conference, Ann Edminster spoke about the growing interest in net-zero-energy buildings saying, “This [net-zero-energy construction] is a market opportunity. This field is going to explode.”

Edminster was right. According to the Net-Zero Energy…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 27, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Good Intentions, Poor Results

The energy efficiency industry in California is tangled with regulation.

Without a doubt, there are many policies that have been successful. California’s strict building codes have reduced energy use per capita and are responsible for eliminating the need to build 15-20 new power plants over the last 30 years. This is a great result and job well done.

But there are also plenty of cases where…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

EPCs - Do You Know The Law?

Whether you are a property owner, landlord, tenant, contractor, or otherwise, it is essential to know the current and proposed laws surrounding energy performance certificates, or EPCs.

An EPC is essentially a guide to how efficiently a property uses energy, the cost of running the property, and recommendations on how to potentially improve the energy efficiency of the property.

An EPC is…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 5, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New Report Shows Big Jump in Net-Zero Energy Homes

Net-zero energy homes seem to be growing their way out of a purely niche market. The number of zero energy residential units—homes that produce as much energy as they consume—in the United States and Canada grew 33% over the previous year, according to a new report by the Net Zero Energy…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 28, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Results Are In: These Are The Most Energy-Efficient Utilities in the US

Our first-ever scorecard of US utilities, released today, reveals striking regional differences and the best— and worst — performers on energy efficiency. The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard looks at the performance of the 51 largest electricutilities in the United States and highlights cutting-edge efforts. Topping the list are Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 20, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Women in Building Performance: Cynthia Adams

Cynthia Adams is the CEO of Pearl, a national home certification company, which certifies home features that contribute to its comfort, energy performance, and indoor air quality. As a third-party certification company, Pearl provides independent documentation for refinance or resale (think Carfax for homes).

Macie Melendez: How did you get started in the home performance…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 13, 2017 at 1:37pm — 3 Comments

Help Home Energy Magazine Go Digital

This morning we launched an Indiegogo campaign to help us reach our goal of becoming a digital-only magazine. Anything you can donate to our nonprofit magazine is greatly appreciated!

More information below.

Thousands of homes waste energy every day. Energy is wasted because there are small cracks and leaks in walls, doors, windows, and ceilings, which make…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 30, 2017 at 4:16pm — No Comments

First-Ever Comprehensive National Standard Practice Manual is Updated Guidebook for Energy Efficiency Cost-Benefit Analysis

The first-ever comprehensive national guide for utility-funded energy efficiency programs is now available to help utilities, regulators and other interested stakeholders make the best possible energy efficiency decisions for their jurisdictions.

The National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM) presents a comprehensive framework and key principles for costeffectiveness assessment of energy efficiency…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 23, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Congratulations to the 2017 Race to Zero Winners!

The Ryerson University and University of Toronto team topped the …

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

Connecting the Dots: Real Estate and Home Performance

A new type of conversation between REALTORS® and their clients is changing the real estate industry before our eyes. As homebuyers browse Zillow listings and spend their Sundays visiting open houses, their agents are educating them to evaluate not just curb appeal and square footage, but also utility bill costs, comfort, and health. And homebuyers are listening.

In fact, 56 percent of REALTORS® say that…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 9:50am — 5 Comments

The Legends of Home Performance

A project long in the making, we're happy to finally reveal some of our Legends of Home Performance videos. We've been working with videographer Debra Little for almost a year now, and she's had the pleasure of sitting down and hearing the stories of several home performance industry heavy hitters.  

"I've been shooting these at various conferences I've attended and it's been a thrill for me to hear [their] stories and be able to help make them accessible for folks to enjoy," says…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 27, 2017 at 10:27am — No Comments

Women in Building Performance: Jamie Peters

Jamie Peters is the Director of Client Solutions at EnergySavvy, a software company that aims to transform the way utilities interact with and serve their customers. Peters brings seven years of energy efficiency program experience to EnergySavvy, including launching…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 17, 2017 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Why Builders Should Care About Grade I Installation

Quality installation of insulation matters and if builders aren’t getting RESNET Grade I installation with fiberglass batts then they’re getting a HERS-score penalty, says new fact…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 11, 2017 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Forum Discussions

How would you insulate this roof?

Started by David Butler in General Forum. Last reply by David Butler yesterday. 15 Replies

Psychrometric Chart Training

Started by John Krochmalny in Training. Last reply by Mahendra Shah yesterday. 1 Reply

Dirty solar panels

Started by Evan Mills in General Forum. Last reply by Stacie Bagnasco on Monday. 1 Reply

Latest Activity

tedkidd replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Tankless Water Heaters... has their time finally come?
"Yeah. Gas water…"
yesterday
Eric Kjelshus replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Tankless Water Heaters... has their time finally come?
"With super cheap natural gas prices now, still worth going all electric?  Tankless needs a lot…"
yesterday
Stuart Langley liked Chris Clay's photo
yesterday
David Butler replied to David Butler's discussion How would you insulate this roof?
"Stuart, I wasn't considering the copula windows... yes, those would indeed need to be…"
yesterday
Stuart Langley replied to David Butler's discussion How would you insulate this roof?
"Well, @David Butler, you have seen the property more accurately than I have, but my impression of…"
yesterday
David Butler replied to David Butler's discussion How would you insulate this roof?
"@ Stuart,I don't think there's any concern about impact of 4" build-up on elevation…"
yesterday
Stuart Langley replied to David Butler's discussion How would you insulate this roof?
"So this building has a few issues with air leaks and air leaks have so much to do with discomfort…"
yesterday
Stuart Langley replied to David Butler's discussion How would you insulate this roof?
"John Hatfield has the right idea here for a new roof deck. Polyiso boards always need a good stout…"
yesterday

Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2017   Created by Home Performance Coalition (HPC)   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service